Mostly just to remind myself: I started this blog as a way to start getting some of my ramblings and musings out of the pinball machine of my brain and into the visible realm.
I was talking to Jac about this strange phenomenon of blogging and I realized that I hadn’t really been posting on here too much because I didn’t have anything to say to anybody. And then I realized that I had deviated from my original intention of blogging. I had fallen into the trap which led Nate to discontinue his blog: I was starting to write for others and judging the validity of what I had to say based on how much feedback I was getting. Well, those days are over.
So, although I will still sometimes use this thing to communicate with people, I’m going to hone the focus here a bit. This is mostly going to be a space for me to get visceral with my thoughts and wrestles. A place to find the rhythm of rest and restlessness that will propel me into my place in God’s kingdom on earth. A place to help me find the sanity that I don’t really have.
So, I’ll leave you all with this thought tidbit: explore the notion of fixed-hour prayer. You should currently see the book called Praying with the Church by Scot McKnight in my sidebar and proceed to purchase it and read it. I, however, got mine for free by reading his blog and getting one of 50 free books his publisher gave away! But I digress…
I haven’t started to actually do this fixed hour prayer, largely because I don’t actually have a book to do so with and I don’t want to do it off the screen. But, here’s a good site that explains fixed-hour prayer in a basic way and gives you a set of prayers for today. If you’re like 99.8% of Protestant Christians, you’re dissatisfied with your prayer life. Count me in. I hope that this path richens my intimacy with God and deepens my faith. Let’s see where this thing leads…
So, it’d be fitting to conclude with the end of the Vesper’s prayer for today: (And you’re supposed to cross yourself when you see the † symbol to remind yourself of the centrality of the cross)
The Prayer Appointed for the Week
Almighty and merciful God, in your goodness keep me, I pray, from all things that may hurt me, that I, being ready both in mind and body, may accomplish with a free heart those things which belong to your purpose; through Jesus Christ my Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. †
The Concluding Prayer of the Church
Almighty God, you have surrounded me with a great cloud of witnesses: Grant that I, encouraged by their good example; may persevere in running the race that is set before me, until at last I may with them attain to your eternal joy; through Jesus Christ, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. †